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Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.

Testing the water

Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.

Mountain ranges

Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.

Spacecraft mission

Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

Dr. Thompson to Investigate Untouched Apollo Samples


While much attention is sometimes given in planetary research to the possibility of returning samples from new celestial bodies, one of the great opportunities for research actually comes from the past. Many samples taken from past missions, including those from the Apollo program to the Moon, were vacuum sealed and never exposed to Earth’s atmosphere.

College of Science, EAPS Present Distinguished Science Alumna and Philanthropy Awards


At the College of Science’s annual Distinguished Science Awards, the College and EAPS presented awards to recognize alumni accomplishments and philanthropy in support of the Department.

EAPS Study Identifies Source of ‘Crater Equilibrium’


After several years of study, one thing is clear about the lunar surface: it is a very dynamic environment that changes over time. One example of this can be seen in the way that small craters degrade at the same rate as they form, keeping the number of small craters on the lunar surface constant over time. This equilibrium between the formation and degradation of craters also makes it difficult to judge the scale of close up images of the lunar surface. EAPS scientists have taken a crucial step in solving this problem in a publication authored by Dr. David Minton and coauthored by EAPS undergraduate student Bryan Howl.

Dr. Chavas Recognized by College of Science for Undergraduate Teaching


EAPS Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel Chavas has been named the recipient of the College of Science’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching by an Assistant Professor. The award, which was created in 1996, aims to recognize an assistant professor who has combined outstanding teaching with research excellence.

Dr. Cushman Inducted into Purdue Research Foundation Innovators Hall of Fame


EAPS Distinguished Professor Dr. John H. Cushman is receiving an honor granted to only 25 Purdue researchers each year – induction into the Purdue Research Foundation’s Innovators Hall of Fame.

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